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Ricky A. West, age 57, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 27, 2019.  He was born February 20th, 1962, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to James West and Marilyn DeWitt. He is survived by his mother Marilyn DeWitt, his Wife Dawn, his children, Tamara (Tim) Nichols, Josh West and Zachary West. His step-children Jeff (Treva) Urban, Rich Urban and Joleen Urban, Michael Makarewicz and Hailey Makarewicz. Grandchildren: Jaiden, Connor, Hunter, Liam and Jaxson.  His siblings Pat (Karen) West, Lori (Wes) VandenBerg, Jeri (Ray) Featherstone, and Rick (Penny) Dewitt.

He is preceded in death by his father, James West; step father, James Dewitt and step-brother, Doug Dewitt.

Rick enjoyed living the country boy lifestyle. He loved his family, shooting pool, his motorcycle, ice fishing and living his life to the fullest. Rick was loved by many and will be missed by all.

A celebration of life memorial service will take place on August 10, 2019, at Grace Community Church, 9920 Reed Rd, Howard City, MI 49329, at 11:00 and will be followed by a luncheon. 

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  1. Amy Rock on August 5, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I havent seen you since high school, but have thought of you every time I hear Rocky Top. I remember you as kind, fun and funny. Your amazing artwork. Your mural in the dungeon at tc high. Cross country skiing. Snow mobiles. Singing. Laughing. You were a good man who did not deserve this. Prayers of comfort for your family & friends.

  2. Joanne Marttila Pierson on August 6, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    We were so saddened to learn of Rick’s untimely passing. Our hearts go out to all. (Uncle) Pete and I will see you all at the service on Saturday.

    Much love,
    (Aunt) Joanne

  3. SUKIE on August 25, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Ricky you completely enlightened my life! I’m a better person having you as my Best Friend/Husband. I have a fortune in memories I will hold near and dear to my heart until we are together again! Prayers to Mom, the best mother in law ever. XOXOXO

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